Study Abroad - Diplomacy & Human Rights in the Mediterranean
Belgium • France • Morocco • Tunisia
December 29, 2020 - January 15, 2021
Diplomacy is about balancing multiple, sometimes competing priorities. How can the US promote human rights in North Africa while also fighting terrorism? How does the US elicit cooperation from NATO allies while also getting them to pay their fair share? This study tour surveys how US diplomats balance multiple goals and foreign policy challenges while working with partners from other governments, international organizations, and civil society in Europe and North Africa. The Mediterranean region is one where the most pressing foreign policy challenges of the day converge, from migration to counterterrorism and climate change to great power competition with China and Russia. This course will introduce students to the tools the US uses to address these challenges, from public diplomacy to military partnerships.
Students can choose one of the following courses:
- Human Development 355: Diplomacy & Human Rights in the Mediterranean
- Human Rights 355: Diplomacy & Human Rights in the Mediterranean
- International Relations 355: Diplomacy & Human Rights in the Mediterranean
- Political Science 355: Diplomacy & Human Rights in the Mediterranean
Sites visited include:
- Belgium: Brussels
- France: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille
- Morocco: Rabat
- Tunisia: Tunis, Carthage
General Travel Advisory
This trip is a serious one, both academically and culturally. Students are expected to be prepared for intellectual, linguistic, social, and travel challenges. We are traveling as a team, and each member must be prepared, punctual, cautious, and professional. Trip leaders have extensive experience in Tunisia, where the security situation has stabilized and tourism is growing. Team leaders closely monitor the security environment and sensitive areas are avoided. With those important caveats, the trip promises to be an incredible experience, including both fun and adventure.
View the 2021 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. The 2021 syllabus will be posted soon!
About the Professor
Mieczyslaw (Mietek) Boduszynski teaches U.S. Foreign Policy at Pomona College, as well as courses on the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, democracy promotion and democratization. Previously, he was a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State at postings in Albania, Kosovo, Japan, Egypt, Libya and Iraq. A member of the Pacific Council, Boduszynski is an expert on the Balkans and the modern Middle East and North Africa, especially Iraq, Libya and Egypt.
January 2021: $6,040
Program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging, insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, Intra-European transportation to and from each city, breakfast daily and some dinners.
Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French or Spanish language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.